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The Turkish government has recently announced that they will support a private Turkish drone making company in order to assist the company with increasing production. The company in question reportedly has family ties with Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The company, Baykar Makina, has announced that it plans to invest 600 million liras, $106 million, in order to increase production of UAVs. The investment will double the company’s production of the Bayraktar TB2 drone to 92 units a year. It will also allow the company to increase its production of the Akinci armed drone to 24 pieces a year, as well as produce 36 other combat drones.
The Turkish government has not made any promises to purchase the drones, however as part of the support offered to the company, the government will include tax breaks for the drone manufacturer.
Uasvision.com reports that Erdogan’s son in law, Selcuk Bayraktar, is the company’s CTO, while Erdogan’s other son in law, Berat Albayrak, is the nation’s treasury and finance minister.
The use of Turkish made drones have helped the country decrease its dependence on UAVs leased from Israel and other countries.